Senate Environment panel to review climate action plan

The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer, will hold a hearing Jan. 16 on President Obama’s climate action plan.

Among the witnesses set to appear before the full committee include Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Daniel Ashe; and General Service Administration (GSA) Administrator Dan Tangherlini will also appear on the first panel.

The second panel will include former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, who is now director of the Center for the New Economy at Colorado State University; Andrew Dessler PhD, professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University; Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Climate and Clean Air Program Director Daniel A. LaShof; Judith Curry PhD, professor and chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and Kathleen Hartnett White, distinguished senior fellow-in-residence and director at the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment/Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The hearing is scheduled to get underway about 9:15 a.m.

Last summer Obama called for a major climate action plant that would stop “limitless” carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and dramatically increase renewable energy use by the federal government.

Lawmakers from coal and fossil fuel producing states have expressed apprehension about the effort.

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